WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Nature Conservancy kicked off their 2014 controlled burn season this week.
Officials say it's important to burn the land because it clears away shrubs and brush that are overcrowding areas and helps plants grow. It also helps to stop future wildfires.
Officials say that by burning away the bushes and shrubs in a controlled environment, there will be less plants and undergrowth to fuel the fire if a real wildfire breaks out.
"They did a 500 acre burn at Holly Shelter a couple of years ago, and then there was a wildfire that started and it ran right into that burn and then it went out," Angie Carl, with the Nature Conservancy. She says the fire went out because there was no more fuel to keep the fire going.
Normally the Nature Conservancy will burn from January to March, but due to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, they will have the resources to bring in another crew to do burns from May until August.
Officials say they have a large priority list of lands that need to be burned, but because weather conditions must be perfect in order to do a controlled burn, it's hard to fit in into the three month period. They say the larger window this summer will help a lot.
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